Here are a few stats from the Celtics dramatic 85-84 win over the Jazz last night:
Boston shot just 37.5 percent (33-for-88) from the floor and 29.6 percent (8-for-27) on three-pointers. On top of that, the Celtics only made 11 of their 20 free throws (55 percent). Boston got out-rebounded by a margin of 51-39. Just one Celtics starter scored in double figures, Avery Bradley with 13 points.
Those don't sound like numbers that would normally add up to a victory, but they did because Boston only turned the ball over three times. Bradley had one, Isaiah Thomas had one, Tyler Zeller had one--and that's it.
It was the only time all season that an NBA team has finished a game with so few turnovers. But even more significant than that, since the league started keeping track of turnovers in 1970-71, it's the fewest the Celtics have ever had:
Updated from Celtics, the 3 turnovers are the fewest in franchise history since NBA started keeping such records.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) March 5, 2015
Brad Stevens' club has been exceptionally good at taking care of the ball recently. Check out this stat, which came before last night's effort:
Since Feb. 20, the Celtics are averaging an Eastern Conference-high 24.9 assists and a conference-low 12.7 turnovers.
— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) March 4, 2015
Boston is actually leading the NBA in fewest turnovers per game since February 5. Going back to their win over the Sixers on February 6, the Celtics are averaging a league-low 11.3 turnovers spanning their last 11 contests.
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